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victims who aren't telling police anything. and the great escape. already some people are hitting the roads for this holiday weekend. we are watching for any problems that could get your long weekend off it a slow start. -- off to a slow start. much more ahead. good morning to you, i'm eun yang. >> good morning, i'm aaron gilchrist. if are you beach-bound, the sunscreen is a must. take a look outside. we are dealing with clouds in the area now. but the temperatures already into the 70s this morning. you'll feel real heat and humidity. >> tom kierein watching the forecast for this holiday weekend. the cultural start of summer, tom? >> yeah. and a lot of cloudiness you see in that live view from our h.d. city camera. no travel problems weatherwise, if you're heading out for the holiday weekend or anywhere around the region, here is where we were last evening, though. heavy downpours, stafford, spotsylvania, into fauquier,
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culpeper counties, those did drift into prince william county last night. then as they crossed the potomac, they dissipated but left a lot of the roads wet. in the wake of that, we have cloudiness from the blue ridge east of southern maryland. parts of the eastern shore, it's cleared there. crossing the bay bridge, heading over toward eastern cambridge and salisbury, it's going to be great weatherwise. no travel problems. but temperatures off to a cool start this morning. right now, we're in the 60s to around 70 degrees all around the entire region. a little cooler, shenandoah valley into the mountains, and later today, we'll have a few clouds by mid morning. it will be in the mid 70s. by noontime, up around 80 degrees. and mostly sunny to partly cloudy. then middle of the afternoon ought to hit the mid to upper 80s briefly. and then by late afternoon, back down to the low 80s. i'm back with another update in ten minutes. danella, good morning. how's traffic? good morning. still looking really good. a lot of commuters started early or are traveling late. so far taking the trip around the beltway in virginia, nice
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and clear. i'll give you a live look in montgomery county. on the outer loop and inner loop, no travel problems at all. in prince george's county, same thing. here's a live look making your way past 4. and as you travel this time on the inner loop as well as the outer loop, travel lanes are open. no accidents, no major delays. and if you're taking the rails, i'm checking them. not seeing any problems on the metro, marc, and vre. eun, back to you. >> thank you. 6:02. new from overnight, fairfax county police are investigating a bizarre incident at the courthouse. a man showed up at the building just before midnight with a gunshot wound. the victim told police he was shot in chantilly. he was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. police are investigating to see if the shooting is connected to another incident. a man showed up at the fair oaks hospital with a stab wound. he told investigators it happened in chantilly, as well. the man is expected to make a full recovery. also new from overnight, an elderly man in the hospital after being burned in a kitchen
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fire. this happened just before 10:00 last night at a home on old meadow road in mclean, virginia. firefighters say the 91-year-old suffered third-degree burns. he was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries. the cause of the fire is under investigation. three students were treated after members of their tour group showed symptoms of dehydration. the 200-person group finished a walking tour in d.c. when they went to the rosalyn metro station at 9:00 last night. at least one of the students became sick on the platform. three were taken to the hospital for fluids. the station was closed for about 30 minutes as a precaution. two suspects are in police custody accused of firing a b.b. gun at a prince george's county school bus. police say the bus was taking students home from ft. foote elementary school when it was hit yesterday afternoon in the 2200 block of piermont drive in ft. washington. the students on the bus were not hurt. the b.b.s caused only minor damage to the bus. six months in prison. that's what one of mayor vincent gray's aides is facing for his
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role in a scandal surrounding the mayor's 2010 campaign. howard brooks pled guilty in court yesterday. he admits he paid suleman brown, a minor mayoral candidate, who claims the campaign paid him to attack then-mayor fenty. he funneled at least $2,800 it brown. today george allen will try to solidify his spot as gop front-runner for virginia's open senate seat in the final debate. the former governor will try to beat out three other contenders in the june 12 primary. allen is trying to win back the seat he lost to jim webb six weeks ago. he will face former governor tim kaine, running unopposed. how much of an impact is president obama having on efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in maryland? check out the results of a new public policy poll. according to the poll, 57% of likely voters in maryland say they'll vote in favor of same-sex marriage if the issue makes it on to november's
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ballot. 37% of likely voter say they're against making the marriages legal. that's 20% -- 20-point margin was just 12 points in march. pollsters say the shift was almost entirely due to a change in attitude by african-american voters. maryland lawmakers may have to wait until next year to decide whether to expand gambling in the state. republicans in the house of delegates say they oppose a special legislative session to address the gambling issue. they say special sessions should only be called in times of true crises. earlier this week, governor o'malley said a special session could be held in july if a group discussing gambling reaches an agreement. lawmakers are thinking of allowing table games at maryland casinos and allowing a casino in prince george's county. this morning, we are learning the details of how you can say good-bye to the godfather of go-go, chuck brown. thousands of his fans expected to attend a public viewing and memorial next week. the viewing will take place on tuesday at the howard theater from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. the memorial service will happen
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next thursday from noon until 3:00 p.m. scheduled at the washington convention center. chuck brown died last week at the age of 75. he had been suffering from pneumonia. 6:06. 71 degrees. ahead, the so-called law enforcement dream team assembled to help crack a high-profile case that's gone cold. a suspect in custody in a 33-year-old mystery. this morning, some major questions still remain. and the holiday getaway forecast. it was like a red rash... very sore looking kinda blistery. like somebody had set a bag of hot charcoal on my neck. i was a firefighter for 24 years. but, i have never encountered such a burning sensation until i had the shingles.
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back from new york, that's why i was the night before. i was at the posse foundation gala. this is a terrific organization that sends students to college on a full tuition for four years. and not just one student. they go together in a posse, as you see here. ten student at a time. and that way these students have
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a better opportunity, a better chance of succeeding, and the graduation rate is above 90% because of the posse foundation. these are students who might otherwise be overlooked. just announced that there's a new veterans possy to support veterans -- posse to support who want to go back to college. >> here's in d.c., i covered a story when they gave out scholarships last year or maybe earlier this year. they put the students if groups of ten so they have a support system built in when they go to college in terms of supporting each other. they give them extra support when they get to the campuses of these significant, major universities. >> and some of the stories from the awardyes. the one that was recognized the other night came from war-torn bosnia, another one's mom carried him across the desert to
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escape war. so these stories are just very inspirational. coming up on 11 minutes after the hour, tom kierein is in storm center 4 keeping an eye on what will be a downright hot forecast. >> good morning. 6:11. off to a mild start around the region. low clouds now temperatures in green in the 60s. along the tidal potomac, the bay, low 70s. and here's your day planner for this friday. great getaway weather today. sun breaking out by mid morning. a partly cloudy afternoon. highs reaching the mid 80s by mid-afternoon. sunset at 8:23. a look at the holiday weekend, your seven-day outlook into next week, in ten minutes. how's traffic, danella? still very light volume in our area. i'm checking for accidents, not seeing any reports of any that i need to warn you about now. traveling on 295, travel lanes are open from the beltway. in fact, southbound at the beltway, driving at about 57 miles per hour. over to route 50, nice and clear, as well. here's a live look making your way past landover road heading
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inbound to new york avenue. i can tell you that volume is increasing, but your travel speed, not bad. driving at about 60 miles per hour. six minutes to get from the beltway to 295 and over to the rails, have a minor six-minute delay. this is the brunswick east train 874. back to you. >> thanks. 6:12. at 6:20, politicians gone wild. fif fist throwing, clothes ripping. the debate that started the brawl. next, we are bridge watching.
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a live look at reagan national airport now. it's usually crowded on a friday. but it could be even more hectic today. lot of planes on the tarmac already moving around. cars moving up to the terminal, as well. 64,000 people in our area expected to fly this memorial day weekend. that's according to aaa. that is more than a typical weekend. still down about 5% from last year. most travelers will be hitting the road. aaa says nearly 900,000
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washingtonians will be driving to their memorial day weekend destination. the most popular destination, of course, the beach for a lot of people. megan mcgrath live near the bay bridge this morning. which will be packed for much of the day, megan. >> reporter: it will. people hitting the beach this weekend. a lot of gem threat an early start. right now -- of them get an early start. right now, looking good. if you want to get a handle on what's going on with traffic condition, there's a great web site, they have web cameras that you can click on. let's show what it is showing at this point. the camera at the sandy point location. looks terrific out there. also on the web site, they have what they call the jam factor. it's a graphic that kind of charts what the delays are like at the toll booth. a while ago, i looked at it. it was 0.2, still considered clear. look ten minutes later, we were at 1.1. so starting to build a little
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bit. but that is still considered to be in the clear range. an interesting tool that you can use to figure out what's going. on i'm joined by lon anderson with aaa. we are expecting a big travel weekend. partly because of the gas prices. they're pretty good. >> absolutely. you know, we've been talking for months about how high gas prices are. actually they've been coming down for the last seven weeks. dropped every week since easter. right now, they're between 20 and 25 cents a gallon less than they were last memorial day. and we were already projecting about 875,000 washingtonians heading out of town. given that since we took the poll a month ago, gas prices have been falling. and since we now know the weather -- hot, humid, hazy days of summer -- oh, my god. i suspect a lot more are going to be saying let's get out of town. >> all right. thanks for joining us. i bet you are right. we are going to see that as the day wears on at the bay bridge as people live.
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if you are going to be crossing the bridge, the best time to make the crossing is before 10:00 a.m. today. if you can't get out, wait until after 10:00 p.m. tonight. reporting live from the bay bridge, megan mcgrath, news4. >> good advice. thank you. the man arrested in the killing of a 6-year-old who vanished decades ago is expected to make his first court appearance today, 33 years to the day the boy disappeared in nuclear. etan patz disappeared while walking to his bus stop. newark police arrested 51-year-old pedro hernandez yesterday. police say hernandez admitted to luring the boy into a building, choking him, and dumping his body in the trash. >> hernandez described to the detectives how he lured young etan from the school bus stop at west broadway and prince street with the promise of a soda. >> hernandez will be arraigned for second-degree murder today. patz was the first missing child to appear on a mix carton.
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orlando police say they're making progress in the search for a missing mothers of three. a panel of 45 investigators will re-examine the nefd michelle parker's disappearance. she's been missing since november 17, the same day the episode of "the people's court" featuring her aired. parker and her ex-fiance dale smith jr. were on the show to settle a disputed over a $5,000 engage ring. smith has been named as the prime suspect in her disappearance but has not been charged. lawyers on both sides of the trayvon martin case are asking the judge to keep some of the evidence private. the evidence includes cell phone messages from george zimmerman, phone records from martin, and witness information, as well. normally that information is part of the public record under florida law. the lawyers, though, say that releasing the information would make it difficult to find an impartial jury. they also want a chance to review all of the evidence before deciding what the public should be allowed to see. now to the race for the white house where just a few percentage points separate the
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candidates in three states that could decide who are the next -- who the next president will be. president obama holds a four-point lead over mitt romney in virginia and florida according to a new nbc news maris poll. the president leads the presumptive candidate by six points in ohio. despite the advantage, president obama is still below the 50% threshold usually considered safe for an incumbent. a debate over the russian language sparked a brawl among politicians in the ukraine. you got to see the video, folks. this fight broke out during a debate about naming the russian language as an official language in parts of ukraine. the idea was violently opposed pie politician who's wants to maintain -- by politicians who want to maintain independence. clothes being ripped off and everything. at one point one person was taken to the hospital. at least one person. they appeared to have a head wound of some sort. wow. you know, harkens back to the days when gentlemen would take
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off their gloves and slap you across the face. >> does it harken back to those days, aaron? >> yes, started with a duel, they would if out with pistols and some politician wouldn't return. >> we have evolved -- >> thank god. >> not by much. good gravy. 6:21. tom kierein, much calmer about getting the forecast out to folks. >> yeah. despite the gray sky, it looks ominous. don't worry, you don't have any storms around. don't really have any weather threats as you head off to work and school. this is a live view from our h.d. city camera overlooking the monuments and capitol hill. it's a great over green friday morning. sunrise was at 5:48. we ought to have sun breaking out mid morning, mid 70s, near 80 at noon and partly cloudy. during the afternoon, mid 80s. then heading to the beaches, it should be cooler at the atlantic beaches. why? the water temperatures are only in the mid 60s. looks like we'll have a wind off of the atlantic ocean at the beaches as a result. highs reaching the 70s on
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saturday, sunday, and memorial day. should be dry. don't anticipate storm. probably a lot of cloudiness around on memorial day itself. inland away from the water, it's going to be hot. 80s, near 90 tomorrow and sunday, memorial day. more clouds around sunday and memorial day. to work and school on tuesday, could have showers and thunder around. drying out by the end of the week. danella, how's traffic? checking things on i-95, if you're making your way southbound, just toward quantico, you have a disabled vehicle. guess what, it's in the left shoulder lane. your travel lanes are open. here's a live look at prince william parkway. heading northbound, no issues as you make your way to the beltway. you're driving at about 56 miles per hour. and if you're traveling southbound on i-95, things look good here, as well. your travel speed in fact too quantico at 63 miles per hour. looking like 24 minutes to make the drive. on the rails, had a delay on the marc, it's gone. looking at no delay. metro, vre, no delays either. back to you.
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i'll have another! sorry. i like saying that. >> i think you need to be a horse race caller in your next life. >> yeah. 6:27. claims against nasdaq over facebook's botched ipo are likely to exceed $1 hundred million. a technical glitch delayed the social network company's debut by 30 minutes last week. many orders were delayed, give something investors and traders significant losses as the stock price dropped. the senate's banking committee and house financial services committee are looking into that matter. now 6:27. still laughing at you. 71 degrees. ahead, how a crook took local seniors for a lot of money. how police ended up locking up this guy after they stopped him for jaywalking. and not again, what marion barry said this time while apologizing.
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i apologize efusely for any hurt. >> what marion barry said trying to make thing right that has some upset. and space show. the spectacular sight in the sky that happened overnight. good morning, everybody, welcome back to "news4 today." i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm eun yang.
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it is memorial day weekend, a live look at the bay bridge. some people are already leaving town for the beach. smart move, too. it's going to get crowded. we are keeping an eye on traffic ahead. and we'll tell you the best time to leave if you haven't left already. >> and it is a good weekend to be at the beach or to go to the beach. right, tom? yeah, good getaway weather on this friday morning. as many are going to be heading east across the bay bridge, route 50, toward easton. then to cambridge, over to salisbury and ocean city. you should not have any travel problems. last night, we had the heavy downpours across northern virginia, fredericksburg up to warrenton, manassas, then moving toward leesburg and western fairfax county. by then, they began to dissipate. in the wake, we have cloudiness throughout the region this morning. really no travel problems weatherwise. temperatures are mild. we're in the mid to upper 60s to around 70 degrees now. reagan national is at 72 degrees. here is your day planner for this friday.
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great getaway weather. a partly sunny morning. sun breaking out mid morning. by then, mid 70s. noontime, partly cloudy, near 80. and mid 80s by mid-afternoon under a partly cloudy sky. and then by late afternoon, back down to the low 80s. so a terrific day coming up. and coming up in just ten minutes, i'm back with another update. danella has a look at our traffic now. good morning. i sure do. you say it's great get away weather, so you get get away. traveling on route 50, a live look traveling past rowe boulevard. no issues. making your way to the city, nice and clear on the beltway. further out, this time eastbound. out past sandy point. crossing over the brooklyn bridge -- the bay bridge, light. no delays on the metro, marc, and vre. >> thank you. 6:32. while apologizing for one controversial comment, d.c. council member marion barry made another. barry met with leaders of the
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asian community yesterday to address disparaging comment he made last month while discussing racial tensions in the u.s. he used a term for polish glamts is also considered offensive. the comment comes as barry pledged to be more careful in choosing his words. he said he wants to work with groups from all backgrounds to make ward 8 a model for diversity. a warning now this morning from prince george's county police. if someone calls you claiming that you just won $1 million in a sweepstakes, it may be a scam. they say con artist just schemed a 70-year-old out of thousands of dollars. they told her she'd won $2.5 million and a new mercedes if she gave them $8,000 in gift cards to cover the costs for taxes. fortunately the woman's bank became suspicious when she withdrew $8,000 in cash. they alerted police who then froze payments on 11 of 16 gift cards she had bought. >> we have a good police force.
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it was pure luck, maybe the good lord was on our side. >> police say they fear there are more victims out there who are too embarrassed to come forward. a montgomery county man is in jail this morning on gun-related charges after an officer stopped him for jaywalking. police say an officer stopped a group of people jaywalking near belpre road in aspen hill. the 21-year-old took off running with a backpack. when officers caught up, he tried to ditch the bag. after retracing his steps, they found it in a trash can with a loaded handgun and extra ammunition. he's being held on a $5,000 bond. right now, hurricane bud is closing in on mexico. that storm expected to make landfall in the west coast today. it weakened overnight. a category 2 hurricane with winds whipping close to 110 miles per hour. the storm could dump a foot of rain which could cause flash flooding and landslides in the pacific. starting today, virginians
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can prepare for the upcoming hurricane season and save money at the same time. emergency items like batteries, flash flights, and first aid kits that cost under $60 will be exempt from the state's 5% sales tax. generators that cost less than $1,000 also exempt. the holiday lasts through next thursday. the atlantic hurricane season officially starts the following day, june 1. now 6:35. 71 degrees. an unusual scene overnight. police respond to help a gunshot victim who's not being very helpful with them. ous, an unexpected -- also, an unexpected stop. what sent kids from a tour group to the hospital. if you have a lead foot, listen up -- where d.c. ranks on the list of top speeding cities. and the spectacular sight in the sky. [ male announcer ] this was how my day began.
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right now at 6:38, the world's first private supply ship is preparing to dock with the international space station. here's a live look at spacex "dragon" capsule. passed within a mile of the international space station yesterday for a series of tests. some people were actually able to see the dragon overnight. around here, it was probably too cloudy to make it out. today a robotic arm from the space lab will reach out and grab the capsule to dock it aboard more than 1,000 pounds of food, clothing, and splice. "drag "dragon" will return to earth next thursday. was visible in the predawn sky around 4:00 a.m. >> you saw animation of the arm grabbing -- that's supposed to happen about 8:00 this morning. around 10,000 they should make the final connections and start moving payload there. this is science moving forward. commercial spaceflight. >> virginia cool. let's check the forecast for the holiday weekend. starting off cloudy now.
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warm, and only getting warmer. meteorologist tom kierein at the storm center with the latest. good morning to you. yeah, just in time for the memorial day holiday weekend. it's going to be feeling like summertime. right now, yeah, low clouds over capitol hill. that was the live view from our h.d. city camera. those clouds in the wake of heavy downpours that rolled across northern virginia, into maryland overnight. now they've dissipated. behind that, we've got a lot of cloudiness. that should begin to break up as the day progresses. and by noontime, we'll have quite a bit of sunshine. right now around the region, all the areas in green are generally in the 60s. low 60s throughout much of western maryland, into west virginia. a few locations maybe have dipped into the 50s. elsewhere, closer to washington, southern maryland, the bay, tidal potomac, northern neck, around 70 degrees this morning. and later today, we ought to have sunshine breaking out by 9:00. and we ought to have temperatures by then, mid 70s or so. by noontime, up around 8
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degrees. and probably more sunshine breaking out. and partly cloudy, highs reaching the mid 80s throughout much of the region. i'll have your national travel forecast, we'll look at the seven-day outlook and your beach forecast, too, that will be in ten minutes at 6:51. danella, how's our traffic? good morning, i am seeing a situation on the outer loop of the beltway. now taking the outer loop of the beltway just before the ramp to georgia avenue, have a disabled vehicle blocking your right lane. i am seeing you hit the brakes a bit making your way toward georgia avenue. look out and be careful. stick to the left. heading up to i-270, nice and clear out of clarksburg in both directions. as you make your way toward the beltway. i'll give you a live look traveling in the germantown area past father hurley boulevard. nice and clear. look at the southbound lanes, open. no accidents to report northbound, as well. clear as you connect southbound to the beltway. bridges in the area, here's the key bridge heading inbound.
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light volume. outbound, as well, hardly anybody on the road. to the 14th street bridge, picking up a little volume as you make your way into the city. nothing you can't handle. and travel speeds, 395 northbound, 49 miles per hour, just 13 minutes from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. aaron, back to you. >> all right. thank you. 6:42. new overnight, fairfax county police investigating a bizarre incident at the county courthouse. a man showed up at the building before midnight with a gunshot wound. the victim told police he was shot in chantilly. he was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. police are investigating to see if this shooting is connected to another incident. a man showed up at the fair oaks hospital with a stab wound. he told investigators that happened in chantilly, as well. that man also expected to make a full recovery. also new from overnight, in fairfax county, an elderly man is in the hospital after being severely burned in a kitchen fire. firefighters say a 91-year-old man suffered third-degree burns in the fire, which started just before 10:00 last night at a
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home on old meadow road in mclean. he was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries. the cause of the fire is under investigation. at 6:43, 71 degrees outside. an important reminder before this hot and humid weekend ahead. make sure you drink plenty of water. three students who were part of a large tour group were rushed to the hospital because of dehydration. the 200-person group finished walking on a tour of d.c. when they went to the rosalyn metro station at 9:00 last night. at least one of the students got sick on the platform. three were taken to the hospital to get fluids. the station was closed for about 30 minutes as a precaution. prince george's county police say two suspects in custody fired a b.b. gun at a school bus. police say the bus was taking students home from ft. foote elementary school when it was hit yesterday afternoon in the 2200 block of piermont drive in ft. washington. the students were not hurt. the b.b.s caused only minor damage to the bus. another aide to d.c. mayor
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vincent gray facing prison time after admitting to lying to the fbi during an investigation into the 2008 campaign. howard brooks admits to paying suleman brown. brown was a minor mayoral candidate who claims gray's campaign paid him to attack then-mayor adrian fenty verbally. according to court document, brooks and two other aides funneled at least $2,800 it brown. brooks faces up to six months in prison. today republican senate hopefuls in virginia will debate for the last time before voters head to the polls. former governor george allen is considered the front-runner to win the june 12 primary. he'll first have to get past his opponents. he is trying to win back the seat he lost to democrat jim webb six years ago. the winner will face former governor tim kaine, running unopposed for the democratic nomination. president obama's recent support for same-sex marriage might help make the unions legal in maryland. according to a public policy
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poll, 57% of likely voters in maryland say that they will vote in favor of same-sex marriage if the issue makes it on to the november ballot. 37% of likely voters say they're against making the marriages legal. that 20-point margin was justice 12 back in march. pollsters say the shift was almost entirely due to a change in attitudes by black voters. a special legislative session to debate whether to expand gambling in maryland may never happen after all. republicans in the house of delegates say they oppose the special session to take up that issue. they say the sessions should only be reserved for true emergencies. lawmakers are at odds on whether to expand gambling to include table games and to allow for a casino in prince george's county. lawmakers held a special session earlier this month to tackle the state's budget crisis. next week will be your opportunity to say good-bye to chuck brown. thousands of his fans are expected to attend a public viewing and memorial next week. the viewing will take place
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tuesday at the howard theater from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. the memorial service will happen next thursday from noon until 3:00 p.m. at the washington convention center. the godfather of go-go passed away at the age of 75. he'd been suffering from pneumonia. the gsa executive in charge of a lavish conference in las vegas has retired. jeffrey neely, in the middle here, left the general services administration yesterday. he was placed on administrative leave in april after details of out-of-control spending became public. gsa officials were accused of spending thousands on unnecessary trips, activities, and parties. gsa's administrator and two other top aides were fired or resigned because of the scandal. nine others are on administrative leave. there are questions whether the "u.s.s. miami" can be salvaged. it took 12 hours for firefighter to put out a fire on the nuclear-powered submarine yesterday morning. the military says the fire was contained to the forward section of the submarine. that includes sleeping compartments, command and control rooms, and the toward
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room. and that area suffered extensive damage. the sub was at portsmouth shipyard. the nuclear reactor was shut down when it arrived at the shipyard in march. 13 before the hour. chefy -- cheffy is face something new problems. the government is putting more cars under the microscope. here's cnbc with more. >> reporter: that's right. good morning. u.s. safety regulators are expanding their investigation into engine fires on the chevy cruise. now the national highway traffic safety administration is adding the 2012 model year. the probe now covers 37,000 cars. g.m. says there have been no report of accidents or injuries. regulators opened the probe in april after report of two fires when the cars were on the road. in other nudes, paypal gets a little physical. the service has struck deals with 15 retailers to help it expand into brick and mortar stores. the chains include toys 'r' us,
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jcpenney, barnes and noble, abercrombie & fitch, and office depot. earlier this year, home depot began accepting paypal as a form of payment at about 2,000 stores. that's what we're watchinged to. beau. >> thank you. starting today expect to see the streets of the district packed with motorcyclists. each memorial day weekend rolling thunder rides to show support for the military. tonight they will hold a candlelight vigil at the vietnam veterans memorial. the big event comes sunday when thousands gather at the north pentagon parking lot starting at 8:00 in the morning. at noon the group will ride to the vietnam memorial. motorist should be prepared for rolling street closures on sundays. it is a sight that will make a lot of drivers' hearts skip a beat. the sight of flashing lights in the rearview mirror. and where are you most likely to see those flashing lights? apparently the national motorists association is out with the list of the most ticket-happy states and metro
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areas. maryland makes the top five states for tickets with nevada at the top of that list. they give out the most. d.c. among the top ticket-happy metro areas. number seven i believe. atlanta came in at number one on the list. so where are you most likely to avoid a ticket? well, the wide-open roads of wyoming and montana. >> wouldn't continue nice to just drive with no traffic for niles. >> at 100 miles per hour. not have to worry about it. >> not happening here. >> don't even try. it forget it it. it is a sure sign of summer. today the district will open its outdoor pools to the public. 19 pools, 11 spray park, and five kiddie pools open their gates this weekend. mayor gray will unveil the new rosedale community center which has a new pool, gym, and artificial turf field. things heating up. meteorologist tom kierein telling us about hot weather we'll have. >> yaempt for the first time, extended run, a mini heat wave for the holiday weekend.
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we're not used to. it be careful. you're going to be out physically exerting yourself, you'll need to stay hydrated. right now, we've got low clouds, and it's cool. low clouds over capitol hill. 72 at reagan national now. it's humid. we've got a wind coming out of the southeast around five to ten miles per hour. but it's certainly looking brighter out in harper's ferry, west virginia. our viewers, peg and doug simis, sent us this photograph. a beautiful flowering plant. if you have an something weather or nature photo, send it to our facebook page or peg and doug are long-time viewers. we appreciate your loyalty. and as you're traveling around the nation today, if you're heading elsewhere besides the beaches, there may be flight delays. chicago, st. louis, kansas city, due to storms. there's fog around atlanta this morning. and there's a snowstorm on tap for the northern rockies in montana. they could get two feet of snow later today.
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and the rockies of montana. well, here last night we had the showers and thundershowers dissipate as they crossed the potomac and headed north to maryland. behind that, cloudiness around this morning. but no travel problems weatherwise. if you're heading to the beaches, temperatures right now in the 60s to near 70 degrees. all around the region. out in the mountains, many locations upper 50s to near 60 there. and the rest of the day we'll have a few clouds coming through from time to time. during the afternoon, we will have it partly cloudy, but we ought to have the sun breaking out mid morning, into the mid 70s by then. by noontime, near 8 degrees and partly cloudy. and for the afternoon, we ought to be peaking in the mid 80s. and a delightful afternoon. certainly feeling like summertime. sun sets at 8:23. down to near 80 degrees. if you're heading to the beach, water temperatures are chilly. mid 60s. that will play a big role in the weather at the beaches. we'll have an onshore wind, look like, on saturday and would sunday.
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and into monday, too. as a result, temperatures right at the beaches will probably only be in the 70s during the afternoon hours. and probably more cloudiness around on monday. inland, it will fee hot. up near -- feel hot. up near 90 saturday, sunday, memorial day, and partly sunny sunday and monday. back to work and school, showers and thunder. danella, good morning. good morning. traveling in our area, still seeing the disabled vehicle -- i got a report that that is out of the roadway. we are seeing delays. if you're traveling the outer loop of the beltway, around 29 as you approach georgia avenue, where the disabled was, it was blocking the right lane. still slow in this area. other roads look nice and very clear. in fact, on 270, checking cameras there, no issues from clarksburg to the beltway. accident free. and on gw parkway, as well, clear in both directions. back to you. >> i'm glad the voices in your head give you good information.
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>> yeah. >> that's good. >> probably just ryan. 6:52. the roads aren't the only place where you'll hit delays. four stations on the grown line will close. greenbelt, college park, prince george's plaza aand west hyattsville. buses will run between greenbelt and ft. totten to get you around the closures. trains will single track on the red line between forest glen and tacoma. work starts tonight at 10:00 and will last through the holiday. well, this morning's rush hour may not cause the biggest traffic headaches today. >> hundred of thousands of people are heading out of town for the holiday weekend. one of the most popular destinations, of course, the beach. >> news4's megan mcgrath live near the bay bridge which we can see behind you is already packed with the ride out today. >> reporter: we've got a steady stream of cars going across the bridge now. certainly more than we were seeing at 5:00 when we got here. things are still moving. we're not expecting a real slowdown until after 10:00 this morning. there's a great tool that you can use if you're crossing the
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bridge today. you can pull it up, and they have web cameras. let's look at one of the cameras now. this is from the sandy point location. gives you an idea of what things look like at the toll booth. things are looking really good. we are expecting traffic to really slow down especially at the toll booths. we're expecting more people to be traveling, many by car. many going to the beach. part of it is the fact that the gas prices are good. for weeks now, the prices have been drop, prompting people to get into their cars and travel. >> every week since easter, over seven weeks that we've had consistently down, down, down. right now, gas prices, they're still not cheap. but they are not what we'd call expensive at this point. so when people have a little extra cash in their pocket, they tend to travel. that's what we're expecting this weekend. a lot of folks going out,
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spending the holiday weekend away from home. going 50 miles or more for their trip. if you are going to be crossing the bay bridge, leave before 10:00 a.m. this morning. you'll avoid most of the delays. if you can't get out that early, the advice is to leave after 10:00 tonight. another thing to keep in mind -- the bridge toll has gone up. used to be $it.50. it is -- $2.50. it is now $4. reporting live, megan mcgrath, news4. >> thank you. for people stuck in traffic, justice think -- at the end of this journey is the beach. makes it worth it. we normally would try to get a last check of weather & traffic on the 1s from tom and danella right now. >> wu can't seem to find them. >> we're on route 50 heading to the beach. a beautiful day. look at the sky are. we there yet? >> not there yet. we have clear roads. not seeing any problems at all. we got snacks, too bad for you, eun, and aaron. we're out of here.
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>> bye! >> focus on the road! what are you doing? my god. >> the nerve of them taking off without us. >> to leave us here for the whole weekend. >> she said -- danella said, we got snacks, too bad for you. all right, i'll remember that next time. >> keeps snacks in her office, too. we can raid the office while she's gone. >> i know. all right. that is "news4 today." we appreciate you spending some time with us this week. >> the "today" show is next. we'll be back in 25 minutes with weather & traffic on the 1s and any breaking news.
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